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"Lens Versus Brush"

October 13 - November 27, 2022

Royse Contemporary traverses the new art season and welcomes fall with "Lens Versus Brush". This exhibition highlights a stimulating group of artists working in painting, photography or both. Throughout history people have expressed favoritism for a particular art form, for some it is painting, others it is photography, some mixed media. Renowned Writer and Activist, Susan Sontag once said “The Painter Constructs, the Photographer Discloses,” but is this really as black and white as that? This topic has been debated at length from numerous essays, to panels, to competitions and many exhibitions, with artists, academics and collectors all taking various stances.

Royse has selected an enticing collection of artworks for "Lens Versus Brush", aiming to create an exciting dialogue further fueling consideration to compare, contrast, and question these ideals and preferences. A unique assortment of original paintings, photography and mixed media artworks have been accumulated from artists creating here in Arizona. This exhibition features work from artists: James Angel, Cam DeCaussin, Cherie Buck-Hutchison, Peter Brian Klein, Marilyn Szabo, Daniel Shepherd, Casey Wakefield, and special guest artist JB Snyder.

The essence of each artwork, the true skill of the artists, and the genuine beauty of their art forms is emotive and captivating. “I believe each artist brings their own voice, story and style to each work of art created,” states Royse. No matter what form the artist has chosen to express their creativity, all art forms are truly important in their own right. Art is more than just its forms, but rather the importance of the artist. Internationally known photographer and educator, Jack Welpott stated, “In my view, photography and painting really share one history. The influences that work on one, work on the other.” Perhaps we must blur the lines between Photography or Painting and simply embrace the art and creative process itself.

The "Lens Versus Brush" will open to the public Thursday, October 13, 2022, coinciding with the Scottsdale Artwalk and our Opening Reception from 6:00-9:00pm with an opportunity to meet the artists and curator! This is a must see exhibition that is sure to engage and inspire and will be on display through November 27, 2022.